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Napoli’s Osimhen denies Barcelona victory in dull clash

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Prince Jean

Feb 22, 2024

UEFA Champions League

Victor celebrating an equalizing goal against Barcelona. Photograph: Getty Images

Napoli secured a vital draw against Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash, marked by Victor Osimhen's impactful return to the field after his absence since December.

Barcelona took the lead in the 60th minute with a stunning goal from Robert Lewandowski, who skillfully placed the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Despite Barcelona's dominance, Napoli found their breakthrough when Osimhen evaded his marker in the box, firing a precise shot past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to level the score.

This sets the stage for an intriguing second leg scheduled for March 12 in Barcelona, with both teams vying for a spot in the quarter-finals. Napoli, currently facing challenges in Serie A, recently appointed Francesco Calzona as their manager, hoping for a turnaround in their fortunes.

The match highlighted Napoli's resilience and Barcelona's relentless pursuit, showcasing the unpredictable nature of Champions League football[]

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